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Extended essay first drafts 23 July 2015
September is the time when I begin reviewing first drafts of my student's extended essays. Over the summer holidays we encourage students to try to get ahead and use this quiet period to break the back... more
A very hungry caterpillar 9 June 2015
Last week a student of mine began experimenting with some lettuce plants as part of an extended essay to evaluate their suitability for a space mission to Mars. We were astonished to see that students... more
Final revision of SL topics 3 May 2015
There are many ways to revise for IB Biology exams and each student needs to find a system which works for them individually. However IB Biology has a lot of content, requires an understanding of many... more
A new way to role play! 22 February 2015
Role plays normally fill me with dread, but there is an easy way for everyone to enjoy them. Next time you want student to debate an issue in a Biology lesson make masks of famous biologists and put carefully... more
How to do better DNA experiments 6 February 2015
In the new IB guide there are many references to methods in biotechnology which appear to be impossible to do practically in the lab. DNA profiling, gel electrophoresis, genetic modification of plasmids,... more
Growing lettuce on mars 4 January 2015
Ten finalists remain in the MarsOne competition and "Lettuce on mars" from the university of Southampton could make a great introduction to an IB topic on photosynthesis. The NoS point in the IB guide... more
Christmas Biology lessons 17 December 2014
The last few teaching days before Christmas can be a challenge. Some students leave school early to travel to see their families. Those in school until the end of term are sometimes flagging in their... more
Impressions of the new Topic 9 - Plants 14 November 2014
The new plants topic is more appropriate for HL biology than the old one but it may take longer to teach. Some easy material has been removed. Knowing the difference between onions and potatoes was always... more
Cultivating curious observation 8 November 2014
On a recent visit to the Barcelona aquarium with my family I noticed a striking difference in the behaviour of my two sons. One, the eldest, wanted to see everything and to understand what the animals... more